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This authoritative handbook, written and edited by forty international leaders in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) practice and theory, is the most comprehensive state-of-the-art review of the field to date. The book surveys the full breadth and depth of SEA, bringing together a range of international perspectives and insights on the theoretical, methodological and institutional dimensions and practical issues of the field.
Part I comprises a review of SEA frameworks in leading countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US), the European Union and developing regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Newly Independent States). Part 2 reviews SEA practice in several major sectors (energy, minerals, transport, water, development assistance and coastal zone management). Part 3 addresses the linkages between SEA and other comparable tools such as spatial planning and environmental management. Part 4 probes key cross-cutting issues in SEA, including how to address cumulative and transboundary effects. Part 5 identifies ways and means of SEA process and capacity development, focusing on how to improve and upgrade the theory and practice of the field. Part 6 examines the shift from conventional SEA towards more integrative approaches, drawing on experience and examples from a number of countries.
This Handbook is the most comprehensive examination of SEA to date and is the essential reference for all practitioners, researchers, impact assessors, planners, environmental managers, policy-makers and regulators in all jurisdictions worldwide.
'This is a work which has been needed for some time and it has been worth the wait! Truly international in scope, it provides a pointer for theory and practice in the field. Compiled and written by leading academics and practitioners, it belongs on the desk of ministers and policymakers worldwide.' Dr Trevor Turpin, Director, Nicholas Pearson Associates and co-author, Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook 'This book is wide ranging both in scope and authorship, and makes a timely contribution to the literature. It explores the application and influence of SEA on a global basis and appraises its role in decision-making and contribution to wider sustainability themes. As such it will be an invaluable source for both researchers and practitioners.' Carys Jones, School of Environment & Development, University of Manchester, UK
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